Hats off to Festival of Thrift this weekend
Safia Minney MBE is visiting Festival of Thrift to highlight the issue of ethical careers in the fashion business in an event aimed at youngsters who see their future in the industry.OUNDER and director of pioneering Fair Trade fashion label, People Tree,
A leading social entrepreneur, whose mission is to provide customers with beautiful clothes that provide livelihoods and economic independence for producers and protect the environment, Safia Minney will discuss the challenges young people face in making decisions about working in the industry.
She will share her views on the best ways forward to a fair future in conversation with designer Wayne Hemingway MBE of Hemingway Design, co-founder of the Festival of Thrift, who set up and sold fashion label Red or Dead, in one of the Big Talks at the event at 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Sunday (September 18) in the Lawn area of the site at Kirkleatham, near Redcar.
The hugely popular Festival of Thrift which runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday is now in its fourth year and Festival director Stella Hall said that Safia’s talk ties in with an increased focus on young people at this year’s event.
“Safia’s talk with Wayne is a must-see event for young people thinking about working in fashion as well as a thought-provoking reminder for those already in the industry and indeed every dedicated follower of fashion.
“In addition to Safia’s talk, Teesside University are at the Festival to highlight their fashion enterprise course which focuses on business awareness and employability as well as design and current students will be showcasing their skills as will Cleveland College of Art &Design’s CCAD millinery students to inspire other young people thinking of a similar career path.”
Youngsters training for a career in the food industry will also play a key role in the preparation of one of the highlights of the food programme at the Festival this year as apprentice chefs work under the expert tutelage of established chefs at the Redcar Town is the menu even
Fans of fascinators can learn the art of hat making and make the most of their millinery skills as part of a workshop by CCAD at the Festival. The specialist art and design college is putting on a hat making workshop over the two days where visitors can create their own unique couture fascinator.
For anyone wanting a specific shade to match an outfit, they are welcome to bring along any particular materials they may want to use, including recycled velvet, lace, buttons or feathers etc. It is also a great opportunity to use any broken bits of jewellery to make a feature of the fascinator.
For those who wish to showcase their artistic skills, there may be an opportunity to display the fabulous fascinators on the catwalk at the Festival of Thrift’s OxGlam fashion show, with the thriftiest Festival goers awarded ‘Best in Show’ rosettes and invited onto the stage.
Jane Havakin, Cleveland College of Art and Design Programme Leader in Costume Interpretation with Design will be leading the workshop, and says hats played a big part in costume and everyday life until fairly recently.
She said: “Hats were worn by every single person up until 1950s, they were so important for costume because no one would dare to go out of the front door without wearing a hat – even to the bin. So all the period dramas need hats to be created for them and CCAD offers one of the few courses in the country that has a whole module on millinery because it is so important.”